Research Fellows and Research Associates

Dr Rob Davis
Research Staff


Real-Time Embedded Systems; Real-Time Scheduling; Schedulability Analysis for single processor, multiprocessor, and networked systems; Mixed-Criticality systems. Integration of schedulability and WCET analysis; Probabilistic hard real-time systems.


Robert is a Senior Research Fellow in the Real-Time Systems Research Group and holds an Inria International Chair (2014-2018) working with the AOSTE team at Paris-Rocquencourt.

Research and Publications

Robert's homepage has details of his latest research and publications.

Further information is available via his Google Scholar Profile

Research Impact

Guaranteed Performance on Controller Area Network (CAN).
Volcano Impact Case Study White Paper

Automotive Real-Time Operating Systems (RTA-OSEK and RTA-OS)
RTOS Impact Case Study White Paper

RapiTime Worst-Case Execution Time Technology
WCET Impact Case Study White Paper


Robert received a DPhil in Computer Science from the University of York in 1995. Since then he has founded three start-up companies, all of which have succeeded in transferring real-time systems research into commercial product.

At Northern Real-Time Technologies Ltd. (1995-1997) he was responsible for development of the Volcano Controller Area Network (CAN) software library. This technology has since been widely used in the automotive industry, by companies including: Volvo, Jaguar, Landrover, Aston Martin, Mazda, and SAIC among others. See the Volcano Impact Case Study White Paper

At LiveDevices Ltd. (1997-2001) he was responsible for development of the Real-Time Architect suite of products, including a highly efficient, single-stack Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) Today, OSEK and Autosar compliant derivatives of this RTOS are used by the majority of the worlds leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Approximately 50 million new copies of the RTOS are deployed each year. See the RTOS Impact Case Study White Paper

In 2002, Robert returned to research at the University of York, initially working in the Advanced Computer Architectures Group on AURA pattern matching technology. Today the AURA library is used extensively in research and also in a number of products marketed by Cybula Ltd.

In 2004, Robert re-joined the Real-Time Systems Research Group, where he was involved in setting up Rapita Systems Ltd., a spin out company, aimed at transferring worst-case execution time analysis technology into industry. Today this technology is used by leading Avionics, Space and Automotive companies. See the WCET Impact Case Study White Paper

Departmental and University Roles

  • Impact Officer


Contact details

Department of Computer Science
University of York
Deramore Lane
YO10 5GH

Phone: +44 (0)1904 325573

Fax: +44 (0)1904 325599

Office: CSE/139

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